Apple will live-stream October 27 Mac keynote

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

Invites for a new media event went out yesterday and Apple just confirmed that the keynote will be live-streamed through its website. As you’ve come to expect from iDownloadBlog, we will be providing remote coverage of the keynote along with details of the announcements. This could be the last event at Infinite Loop’s Town Hall campus.

That’s because the massive Campus 2 building AKA “iSpaceship” should open come January 2017, barring any unforeseen delays. The site includes a massive underground auditorium where future corporate and press events will be taking place. Read More


Hello again: Apple sends out invitations for October 27 Mac event

By Cody Lee on Oct 19, 2016

It’s official! Apple is holding an event on Thursday, October 27 on its Cupertino campus. On Wednesday afternoon the company sent out the above invitation to select members of the media, asking them to “join us for a special event.”

We’ve been expecting an October Apple event for several weeks now, and yesterday a Recode report accurately predicted it would happen on the 27. And as the invite indicates, the focus of the event is believed to be new Mac hardware.

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Apple October 27 event wallpapers: “hello again”

By Jim Gresham on Oct 19, 2016

Today, Apple announced the upcoming media event on October 27. With the announcement, in traditional fashion, comes a simple graphic representation of the event. As always, armchair pundits and tea leaf readers try to discern the hidden messages believed to be concealed in the graphic.

More productive folks get creative and make wallpapers from the inspired imagery. It is tradition for the Wallpapers of the Week section to feature these creations, leading up to the event. Step inside for fresh wallpapers, inspired by Apple’s “hello again” event! Read More


Apple listed as exhibitor at next year’s Mobile World Congress

By Cody Lee on Oct 19, 2016

Apple is slated to make an appearance at the 2017 Mobile World Congress, reports MacRumors. The site points to a page (which has since been pulled) on the MWC website, which shows the company has booked exhibitor space for the event.

This is significant for a few reasons. For one, Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest exhibition and conference for the mobile industry. And two, Apple’s been absent from most major trade shows and conferences since the early 2000’s. Read More


Report: Apple planning to hold new Mac event October 27

By Cody Lee on Oct 18, 2016

Apple will introduce new Macs at an event on October 27, reports Recode. Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, the outlet says that the event will likely take place at or near Apple’s Cupertino campus, rather than its typical venue in San Francisco.

Recode doesn’t specify exactly which Mac products we’ll see, but most of Apple’s laptop and desktop lines are due for an update. A report from Japanese blog Mac Otakara yesterday called for new 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro models, and a refreshed 13-inch Air. Read More


Apple Watch Series 2 is a bit thicker and heavier than the original Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

Although they look just about the same on the outside, the new Apple Watch Series 2 is built just a little bit thicker and heavier than the Apple Watch Series 1 and the original Apple Watch.

The findings might be a deal-breaker for some people who already thought the original Apple Watch was too thick to begin with. After all, many were hoping Apple would thin out the footprint of the next-generation Apple Watch, rather than make it thicker. Read More


Poll: Will you buy the Apple Watch Series 2?

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 2 at yesterday’s keynote event alongside the iPhone 7 lineup with improvements to speed and capability, and also bumped up the specs of the original Apple Watch all while re-branding it the Apple Watch Series 1.

But is the second-generation Apple Watch everything you were hoping for? Let us know in this poll whether or not you’ll be ordering one. Read More


Poll: Which iPhone 7 configuration will you buy?

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

There are two new iPhones in Apple’s iPhone lineup: the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Both are power-houses, but each has its differences. With that in mind, we’re curious about what iPhone configuration you’re planning to buy. Read More


Hands-on with Apple Watch Series 2, iPhone 7 and AirPods

By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2016

Following its big iPhone 7 event this morning, Apple gave journalists the opportunity to go hands-on with some of the new products it announced today including the iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and AirPods. And as usual, we’ve rounded up some videos of these first impressions so you can get a better look at the new hardware. Read More


Watch the product videos from today’s iPhone 7 event

By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2016

Apple has posted the product videos shown during today’s iPhone 7 event to its YouTube channel. Included in the spots are clips showing off the Apple Watch Series 2, the iPhone 7, and the all-new, wireless, in-ear headphones it’s calling “AirPods.”

Of course if you missed the keynote this morning, we recommend watching a replay of it in its entirety, or at the very least check out this humorous highlight reel. But for folks who just want to get to the meat of the event, these videos will do the trick. Read More


macOS Sierra will release to the public on September 20th

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 7, 2016

Today’s Apple event was very busy for the iPhone and for the Apple Watch, but one thing that kind of flew under the radar was the Mac. At the keynote, Apple made it clear that macOS Sierra would be released to the public on September 20th. Read More


You can now watch a replay of today’s iPhone 7 event

By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2016

Folks who missed today’s iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 event, or would just like to watch it again, will be happy to hear that Apple has posted the full video online for your streaming pleasure. Obviously you can read everything you need to know about today’s event right here on iDB, but if you have the time, the video is worth watching. Read More


Apple’s Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter is only $9

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 7, 2016

One of the things that sets the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus apart from the rest of the iPhone lineup is the exclusion of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple is now requiring headphones to either go wireless or utilize the Lightning port. Read More


Apple updates select iPad models with new pricing, storage options

By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2016

Despite not mentioning the iPad once during today’s iPhone 7 event, Apple has issued some minor updates to select models in its tablet line. For starters, all standard iPads have had their base storage option doubled from 16GB to 32GB.

This change brings the iPad family inline with Apple’s just-announced iPhone 7 storage options, and it applies to the iPad mini 2, iPad mini 4, and the iPad Air 2. The nice thing is that all of these models will stay at their current prices. Read More


iPhone 7 is the most battery-efficient iPhone ever made

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 7, 2016

Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have an all-new A10 Fusion SoC and will run the upcoming iOS 10 firmware; together, this spells incredible gas mileage in terms of battery life. Read More


iOS 10 and watchOS 3 will be released on September 13

By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2016

Apple on Wednesday announced that iOS 10 and watchOS 3 will be released on September 13. This means that the two updates, which have been in beta testing since mid-June, will be available for download to the public.

Both versions of software were introduced during WWDC this summer, and each includes new features and improvements. watchOS 3 is supported by all Apple Watch models, and iOS 10 will work on iPhone 5 and newer devices. Read More


At the heart of iPhone 7 is a high-power and efficient A10 Fusion chip

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 7, 2016

Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are each powered by a powerful A10 Fusion system on a chip that is not only faster than any iPhone ever made, but also significantly more power efficient. Read More


New iPhone price & availability: iPhone 7 starts at $649, iPhone 7 Plus $769, pre-orders Sept. 9, available Sept. 16

By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2016

The just-announced iPhone 7 will become available for pre-order on September 9, and start shipping September 16. The pricing for the smaller iPhone 7 starts at $649, as usual, but the iPhone 7 Plus gets a tad more expensive with a starting price of $769.

As rumored, both handsets will be available in 5 colors: Rose gold, Gold, Silver, Black and a new high gloss stainless finish called Jet Black. They will also come in new storage configurations: 32GB is the new entry level, 128GB,  and 256GB for the high tier. Read More


Courage, space, and vision: why Apple removed the headphone jack in iPhone 7

By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2016

On Wednesday, Apple confirmed that the rumors are true: there is no headphone jack in the iPhone 7. Apple is including a new pair of EarPods in the box with the handset, as well as an adapter for connecting the headphones to the legacy 3.5mm port, and it also announced new wireless earbuds called AirPods.

Apple SVP Phil Schiller explains the move: “The reason to move on: courage. The courage to move on and do something new that betters all of us.” Schiller says removing headphone jack will free up space, which is growing ever-limited with new components, and Apple’s ultimate vision for mobile audio is “wireless.”

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iPhone 7 Plus features dual 12MP rear cameras with 2x optical zoom

By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2016

As rumored, the iPhone 7 Plus features a significantly better camera system than that of the iPhone 7. It comes with dual 12MP rear cameras, with a wide-angle and telephoto lens, that make the handset capable of taking noticeably better photos.

With the two 12MP cameras, the iPhone 7 Plus is capable of 2x optical zoom and 10x software zoom. This means that you’ll be able to get closer to your subject than ever before. You’ll see a new button overlay on screen that says 1x, which you can tap to jump to 2x.

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